How Long Do Gorillas Live?
How Long do Gorillas Live?: A gorilla’s life span is 35 years, which means that if they are not affected by external factors, they can live up to 50 years, making gorillas one of the best safari experiences. Gorillas can survive for a long time in the wild since they are a gentle species that spends most of their time within the gorilla family and can avoid outside threats. However, there are cases where gorillas die before the age of 35.
Gorilla trekking in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park will teach you about Mountain gorillas, including their height, diet, species of gorillas, what they eat, how tall they are, how they communicate with one another, and much more, all in a relaxed setting. If you want to go gorilla trekking in Uganda, visit Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga National Parks; or gorilla trekking in the Congo, visit Virunga National Park or Kahuzi-Biega National Park.
Threats to gorillas: Gorillas in the wild are threatened by several causes that can endanger their populations and, in the long run, kill them hence threating their gorilla’s life span. The following are possible dangers to gorilla populations: Gorillas are a relatively sensitive species that can readily get human diseases, which is another threat to their survival: in 2002, many gorillas in Virunga National Park perished from Ebola and other human-transmitted infections. As a result, when gorilla trekking in Africa, it is best to keep your distance from the mountain gorillas to avoid transmitting infections to them.
Gorillas are endangered in Virunga National Park because predators are the leading cause of gorilla mortality, and their decline is also a threat to their long-term survival. Leopards and crocodiles are among the predators that prey on mountain gorillas, while chimps have been observed murdering and devouring roving gorilla cubs on rare occasions during food shortage seasons.
Poaching has also reduced the number of gorillas in African national parks where gorilla trekking is possible. Gorilla poaching is one of the most serious dangers to wild gorilla populations, as demand for gorilla items such as gorilla skin, skulls, limbs, and heads rises while demand for gorilla meat falls, resulting in death.
Furthermore, because gorilla flesh is prized and pays more than other employees, and because gorilla flesh generates more money than the indigenous people’s numerous vocations, they have changed from participating in those jobs to killing gorillas, which is projected to generate $50 million annually. However, poaching is increasing year after year, and there are a variety of government measures in place to reduce this activity and safeguard the species’ survival. Rangers patrol the park daily, and those caught poaching gorillas or other species face fines and prison sentences, lowering the number of people participating in poaching.
Loss of gorilla habitat can result in the incursion of other creatures into their territory, which can spark lethal battles. Furthermore, the Virunga National Park mines coltan, a heat-resistant mineral used in the construction of circuits and cellular phones, endangering gorilla habitat, food, and population numbers in the park.